The event was launched informally in 2014 at a New York City bar and moved the following year to Irving Plaza to accommodate a larger attending audience. This past weekend, the third edition of FrancesaCon, in honor of WFAN radio host Mike Francesa, unfolded with an extra twist: a reunion with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who co-hosted a program with Francesa from 1989 to 2008.
From a report by Newsday’s Sal Cacciatore:
“When we first started it, we had no idea it was going to be this big. We thought it would just be us, our friends and family, and maybe a few guys who really wanted to make the effort to come out,” said co-founder Mike Haraka.
“It’s been great to watch [this] organically grow from nothing,” said Leboff, who said he and Haraka joked about reuniting Francesa and Russo after the first FrancesaCon. “Now it’s actually happening and the first time they’re appearing in front of a crowd together [again] is here.”
Adding to the festivities Saturday were the band Jerry & the Newcomers and a pair of Francesa-Russo impersonators, Bill Buchanan and Mike Benevento. The Newsday piece features a nice video highlights reel. Originally scheduled for January, FrancesaCon 3 was rescheduled due to this winter’s blizzard.
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